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Bile Blight
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 Bile Blight
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed February 7, 2014

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.63
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bile Blight
 
Is it odd that the first thing I thought of when I saw Bile Blight was the cycle of Hunted creatures from the original Ravnica block? I can't help it; since I play a lot of singleton games, the only time I really see more than one creature with the same name is tokens. As good as Bile Blight is at hosing tokens (my Thallid tribal Filth Casserole deck is really scared right now), lots of people see games with non-token creatures with the same name sharing the battlefield, and even at times they don't, two black mana for -3/-3 takes out an awful lot of creatures.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Bile Blight an insanely powerful removal spell that will see a ton of standard play. In standard this card deals effectively Pack Rat and also can lead to a powerful board wipe for black decks. Providing this tool to players allows the tools to keep mono black decks in check at least Pack Rats and serve as a powerful monoblack deck tool as well. In nonstandard competitive formats this card serves as a powerful tool similar to Echoing Decay providing a powerful upgrade. In casual and multiplayer it deals with tokens very effectively and a solid early game removal spell that can scale well. In limited its removal and can help shut down early draws that rely on multiple copies of the same creature. Overall a card that’s going to see tons of competitive play and serves as a powerful removal spell.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Bile Blight which is a two mana Black instant that gives -3/-3 until end of turn to target creature and all other creatures with the same name as it. This is a solid removal spell, not quite as powerful against a single target as other two mana Black removal choices, but excels against tokens or self propagating swarms.
This can replace the other removal choices in some builds, though it may serve better as a secondary choice or as part of the sidedeck to use as a response to appropriate themes. Overall this is a nice addition for mono-Black and will see play in Devotion and other decks even if the raw removal one on one is weaker the potential card advantage balances it out.

In Limited almost any removal is playable and a two mana option that can get around Indestructible and tokens is an easy inclusion for decks with enough Black mana to reliably cast it. A strong second or third pick in Booster and with a decent pool is a welcome sight when looking to run Black as a primary color in Sealed.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Skid Rambo

Bile Blight is a cheap removal spell that isn’t really needed but it can be quite useful. Tokens don’t stand a chance and neither do any of the other small creatures. Bile Blight can easily become a main-deck staple or a sideboard special. Modern players may find a use for this card, but that would mean ditching better kill spells. In Standard, Bile Blight will be a nightmare for Pack Rats and Master of Waves. There aren’t any indestructible weenies in Standard right now that Bile Blight can hit but that may change! I’ve used this card a few times now and overall, it is a great card during the early game, but it is worthless late game.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 3


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